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INTERVIEWS

Scott Kinsey: On speaking Luniwaz with an accent

Read "Scott Kinsey: On speaking Luniwaz with an accent" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Scott Kinsey belongs among the most influential keyboard players of the past decades and seems capable of adapting to any style of music. Unlike those who came before him, Kinsey was born into the golden era of keyboards and synthesizers, when visionaries such as Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock had already begun to explore the vast possibilities these instruments provided. The biggest idol and influence for Kinsey however was and remains Weather Report's Joe Zawinul. At the beginning of the ...

TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five with Boaz Marva

Read "Take Five with Boaz Marva" reviewed by Boaz Marva

Meet Boaz Marva Boaz Marva is a distinctively accomplished jazz and rock guitarist, vocalist and composer. He plays in DOR SAGI band (who recently recorded an EP with keyboardist Jason Lindner as producer), worked with Amir Segall and Ben Silashi in their project Zzajeerf, gigged with Andreas Toftemark, Elam Friedlander, Naama Gheber, Joni Paladin, Sammy Weissberg, Guy Paz plus his own projects, Marva's Wondrous Whimsy, Boaz Marva Trio, and other endeavours. Boaz started his ways in the rock and metal ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Wild Card: Beast From The East

Read "Beast From The East" reviewed by Chris May

The impact of Jimmy Smith's organ trio in the mid 1950s was by all accounts massive. Nothing quite like it had been heard before in popular music. Smith unleashed a wailing, high decibel (for the era) monster which was also capable of expressing gentler moods. Audiences and record buyers went ape and Smith's label, Blue Note, got some sustaining cash-flow. Other labels could not get on the bandwagon fast enough and dozens of similar lineups emerged. But like many sensations, ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Lisa Hoppe's Third Reality: The Mighty Unlikely

Read "The Mighty Unlikely" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Without giving away any professional secrets, it is quite often that any beat-pounding pundit or wily curmudgeon--pick several thousand if you like, there's billions out there--will come at an artist with certain prejudices and expectations. And so it is with German bassist Lisa Hoppe. Having heard her unusual yet oddly soothing explorations on such discs as Esche's Der Dichter Spricht (QFTF, 2018), the Marc Jufer Trio Trio's Trip To The Center (QFTF, 2018), saxophonist Niculin Janett's Complexes (QFTF, 2017) and ...

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Issie Barratt's Interchange: Donna's Secret

Read "Donna's Secret" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Put simply, this is a truly beautiful record. It features eight very different compositions by eight different women composers, including three from outside the band. In other hands, the diversity of styles might have left more an impression of a compilation than of a coherent, integrated programme of music. But that is certainly not the case here. What strikes immediately is the quality of the arrangements and ensembles. The textures are just sumptuous, almost tactile--and you know something's good when ...

RADIO

Newk, Dave (And Paul), Fats & More

Read "Newk, Dave (And Paul), Fats & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Have you gotten used to writing or typing 2020 yet? I'm getting there just from filling out Gift and Messages paperwork and metadata! But let's get to the music, starting with a few 21st century tunes from Orrin Evans (putting the street beat to Ornette), trumpeter John McNeil and Russian saxophonist Makar Kashitsyn. Then Bobby Broom sets us up for our continuing Sonny Rollins celebration (the 'back half' of Saxophone Colossus). We start the Dave Brubeck centennial featuring ...

PROFILES

The Very Singular Mr. Ran Blake

Read "The Very Singular Mr. Ran Blake" reviewed by Duncan Heining

There have been few American composers and musicians, with the ability to encapsulate their country's music in all its racial and ethnic complexity. We might perhaps point to Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Charles Ives and perhaps, in their own distaff ways, Harry Partch and Steve Reich. In jazz, their number is fewer still--Duke Ellington and George Russell certainly and, at a stretch, Jelly Roll Morton. And then there's pianist and composer Ran Blake. Listening to any one of ...


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